Since it’s the main entrance for seven very busy (and often very dirty) people, you can only imagine how badly the door in our garage needed to be painted. I’m happy to say the door is now a pretty shade of dark, no-handprint-showing, navy blue.
This is what I’ve looked at every time I’ve come into our house for the last three years:
As if they knew, Colorhouse Paint recently asked if I’d like to try out one of their newest colors from a collection they’ve created exclusively for Rejuvenation (one of my favorite lighting catalogs). The new Mercantile collection is a beautiful palette of soft—but rich–colors:
I had never used Colorhouse paints before but was intrigued for several reasons, including its promise that it has a low odor and no toxic fumes (since most of my projects are done with lots of kids running around). They’re also committed to making sure all of their paints are friendly to the environment:
I knew I wanted a blue and landed on this deep navy pretty quickly:
They also make a mold-resistant, multi-purpose primer. (Great for doors that take a lot of daily abuse.)
I used a semi-gloss finish so that it would be easy to wipe off later, and although it’s not intended for exterior use, it should work fine on the garage entry door.
I ended up applying two coats with a brush. I can still see a few brush marks and will probably roll another coat once I paint the other side of the door (the same color). I’ve found that it’s usually easier to start with an angled brush on paneled doors and finish with one rolled coat for a smoother finish.
And, even a garage entrance deserves a few colorful accessories:
Thanks to Colorhouse Paint for sponsoring this post.
Great color! Where can we buy this paint? I love that it’s “green.”
Emily Clark says
You can buy it online: https://www.mercantilecollection.com/
If you’re close to a Rejuvenation store, they have the fan decks and paint samples there.
[email protected] says
Love the color! I have been wanting to paint ours as well for the same reason. White on a garage entry door just does not work!
Beth Barden says
Love that navy! I will have to check them out!
It looks great! I really need to do this as well.
[email protected] Stroll Thru Life says
The color is fabulous. I love it.
I love the new colour. It’s beautiful!
Emily McEwen says
I love interesting color doors! I actually JUST posted about painting the front door. So funny. Now I am thinking what interior door can I paint!
Yuko Jones | northfield gate says
Love dark doors! I have painted our front door BM iron mountain and it’s been wonderful. Navy and yellow is one of my favorites! Beautiful!
Pam. Zambenini says
That is lovely! I really enjoy your style. Wonder if you might want to paint the stair risers also to hide scuffs? This suggestion from the person who has no little ones at home and whose garage entry door is ugly! :o) Best!
Samantha Cobos says
Very nice! Love that denim color. I’v never heard of colorhouse paint – it is great that they are eco-friendly – that is my specialty, organic fabric and eco-friendly furniture. I love finding a new earth friendly source. I need to paint my own exterior door before the snow flies in Minnesota! I’m thinking bright yellow :)
Love it!!! And love your nail polish :) What color is that?
Emily Clark says
I don’t know what it’s called! A gel polish I just picked out :)
a perfect gray says
what a transformation.
Love the color! Have you ever used flotrol? It is an additive you add to your paint to eliminate brush strokes. I use it when I am painting trim, doors and furniture.
classic • casual • home says
The door and paint look awesome…good to know about the Mercantile Collection!
I mentioned you in my post today.
I really like the navy/denim color you chose, very pretty. I am embarrassed to say my garage entry door was WAY worse than yours and I only have 2 kids. I repainted mine from white to a charcoal grey last summer for the exact reason you did yours. Amazing how much dirt and grime those little hands carry into the house.
I finally got around to doing this project while we were stuck inside for snow days. I used distance by sherwin williams. It’s a similar blue from their livable luxe collection, which I preferred because all the walls near the door are painted colors from that same palette. My husband was pretty skeptical, but once I had one side of the door done, he liked it so much he painted the other side for me. It’s such a small change, but makes such a big difference!